|Marilyn and Brenda outside the original Missouri Star Quilt Company store|
Brenda, Marilyn, and I saw numerous interesting and fun things on our August road trip across Kansas, but our primary destination was the Missouri Star Quilt Company (MSQC) in Hamilton, MO.
I would be willing to bet that eight out of ten quilters have seen at least one of Jenny Doan's many YouTube quilting videos. Jenny Doan and her family started with the original store (shown above) in 2008 and have since expanded the business by purchasing and refurbishing other old buildings in the small town. They have turned Hamilton, MO into a quilting mecca.
The MSQC has six fabric shops:
Main (original) shop
Sew Seasonal (featuring fabrics for specific seasons)
Licensed to Sew
(trademark fabrics, i.e. sport teams, cartoon characters, brand names)
Penney's Quilt Shop (featuring solid & minky fabrics)
Before the MSQC came to Hamilton, MO, these buildings were empty and crumbling. This block houses Sew Seasonal, Batik Boutique, Man's Land (being renovated & will be opened in 2016), MSQC Welcome Center, Licensed to Sew, Penney's Quilt Shop.
Across the street, other small businesses and restaurants were scattered among the MSQC shops.
Missouri Star Mercantile (featuring reproduction fabrics)
|Marilyn and Brenda select fabric in the Mercantile|
Sewing Center classroom space is well lit and open. The open doors at the back of this photo are bedrooms for handicapped individuals. The staircase on the right leads to the dormitory rooms for retreat attendees.
|future home of the MSQC Knitting Shop|
We ate lunch at a Subway next to the Penney's Quilt Shop, and as we were nearly finished eating, we noticed Jenny Doan sitting by the entrance visiting with a gentleman. Our trip to Hamilton and the MSQC was complete.